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  1. My '38 is strictly around town. I don't have anywhere I really wanna go on the highway with it. But occassionally I might be, or on a high-speed secondary road, and sometimes I'll get all "courageous" (Ha!) and take 'er up to 60, or just a little over. It really smooths out and honestly rides so nice at that speed, and engine RPM too. Through the firewall things sound much more like a high pressure rush of air, not moving parts. Buuuuut then I get to thinking of those long rods flying around at that speed, and listening close it sounds "busy" as others have said. Then I slow the hell down. I c
  2. That still makes me sick to think about. Stuff like that makes you want to go on a rampage...
  3. Mike, I have been a member here since 2005, haven't been on in probably a year or so, just found this and wanted to say CONGRATS! Nice find man. Saw the pictures and it instantly reminded me of back then, in early '05 when I was just shy of 16 years old, seeing for the first time what really lurked in the garage my dad had been keeping the car in since 1980. He passed away in late '03 and I inherited the car. Had never seen it before. What a rush, isn't it? Beneath the dust, a surface in that good of shape, as well as the interior. Yours looks entirely servicable, the dash of course stands out
  4. Yup, had that mentioned to me as well. Never realized what purpose that kind of thing serves....you want, ideally, heat at your heatercore before the thermostat opens....that would be an awful long time before the cabin would unfreeze you in the dead of winter! So that lets it flow through the heater hoses as well. Buuuuut once the stat opens, that doesn't matter anymore. Should it be ignored, NO, why do something halfway? However, that won't cause an overheating problem, assuming the thermostat works. And if it hasn't been mentioned yet, get a 160 degree stat, that is actually the correct sto
  5. Tishabet, Get. That. Radiator. Boiled. Out. Not trying to sound snotty or mean, just don't even think twice about it. If it's original and you dont KNOW the entire history, I BET they'll find junk in there and it'll run better. I thought mine was good too with the "shade tree radiator test". Yeah, that's why its called that. Purely useless. My entire problem was the radiator. Things pointed to and away from it, but they found a small leak, and "a little crap in there". Must have been more than that, or just enough clogging several cores because after doing that it went from a behavior similar
  6. If the lower hose, like you said, is all good then first just check all the vital signs, make sure everything is right. Timing, fuel, etc. Make sure it's not too rich or too lean, carb is alright...a small issue but nothing wrong with putting everything equal. I assume it does start and run smooth and sound right? If yes then I'd argue the timing is probably within range, but check it anyway. Definitely do a compression test, crank it with all spark plugs out, engine already warmed up, wide open throttle while cranking with the compression gauge hooked up. Was the engine rebuilt? Entirely gon
  7. Wouldn't know about 38 vs 39. Though there is a guy around here with an amazingly clean unrestored '39 roadmaster that usually brought it out to the multiple cruise ins around here each week last summer, but lately has had his same condition '41 caddy out. Im sure the 39 will be out soon, I'll have him open his trunk, Im sure he'll be glad to!
  8. http://forums.aaca.org/f165/looking-pic-original-truck-liner-38-a-279357.html#post746493
  9. Well if it's literally overpowering and you can't hear yourself think then yes I'd say something is wrong haha.
  10. Whats the deal with the "noisy first gear?" Is it chewed up? Or just making a howling/whining noise? If its the latter, it's supposed to do that. 2nd gear is a little quieter. Its all because of the torque tube. The howl resonates in there. I love it.
  11. Yeah you should ask Mercedes-Benz why the SL looked the same for 16 years!! LOL
  12. Spring is here and the car is finally on the road of course.... I am overjoyed to report that it runs and sounds like a brand new engine. I'm amazed. No noises under any conditions at all, not to mention some increased smoothness I think from lapping the valves and cleaning everything while it was apart. These things really have some muscle when you can actually USE it!!! Today is in the mid-60s, and the thermometer won't even break 140 degrees. Equally shocking. There will be three things still around at the end of the universe. Cockroaches, 1980's ford 300 CI straight 6's.....and this car.
  13. Thankfully the original craze "inspired" by the movie has subsided I would say. At least where I live, I wouldn't say EVERY clapped-out rotted stock civic has a hideous park bench attached to the trunk, decals for thousands of parts not actually on the car, and the obligatory section of water main blasting out anything BUT the sound of raw power hanging beneath the back bumper. Funny you mention that about me and that little piece of terminology. Maybe I'm am ambassador between this crowd and "those damn kids!!!!!!!" I have a flowmaster that I had spare from a setup my cougar had, and that's
  14. Figure 1 details what modifications a Licensed Toyota Service Tech shall perform on any Toyota model brought in for recall work regarding the recent uncontrollable acceleration issue. Refer the tech to the procedure outlined in Appendix A in the unlikely event that the problem persists after repair is made.
  15. Well I've only got one Cougar, I definitely wouldn't mind being able to say I've got 2 cougars, one car. AHEM HMMPH!!!
  16. Hahahaha. Well for one thing...I was more referring to stevo but yes...good point hmmmmm. What's she got under the hood of the fastest one? The Coug' runs a 14.8 in the 1/4! Not too bad for a boat anyway.
  17. Well then I'll make sure I'm in the cougar instead, TRY 'n' catch me.
  18. Yeah, in 1940 the dimensions changed. http://1937and1938buicks.com/The-Torque-Tube/Volume%20IV%20Issue%202%20(October%201985).pdf This article, granted its from the mid '80s whereas the others are from ten years later so the knowledge may not have been there, but the drawing lists "1940-52" torque tube etc. It might be that ring and pinions through '55 fit in a '40-'52 third member...but yea, "so close yet so far away"!! It also goes through that process of modifying your driveline, so someone had figured it out back then anyway too.
  19. Hahahahahaha d'oh! A small part of me was worried that I wasn't silly enough with the post. The '38 aint goin NOWHERE. The point was in reference to *ahem* the wildcat picture posted LOL.
  20. Hey I see you're still toying with this idea No developments I'm aware of...and the biggest issue being supply and demand for sure..last I remember a steep price of rougly $2k from that one machinist who was willing to do that deal to custom make 3.6:1 ring and pinion sets if several people wanted to give him business. That or finding a 3.6:1 R&P intended/from a '38 Special with the Self Shifter trans. Good luck on that one. This prompted me to do some digging for that index again, and I think Im gonna spend the final half hour of this boring rainy Friday night downloading as many of thes
  21. Ya know those wildcats are just...so cool...and they had the 401, later the 430...ya know...and all that other...stuff....I think it's time for me to unload my 38 and get a wildcat already.
  22. True...should have clarified my definition of it...what I meant was that it doesn't bypass the thermostat and let coolant flow to the radiator anyway. Thanks for preventing me from confusing anyone
  23. To clear up one thing, the "coolant bypass valve" as it's being discussed, does *NOT* bypass the thermostat in anyway. Note the construction of the thermostat housing and pump, etc. I had my whole system apart a couple years ago chasing my overheating problem. This bypass valve allows the coolant to circulate through the heater core. This plumbing is below the 'stat, however, so no matter what happens, nothing will flow to the radiator until the thermostat opens. What are the details on this engine, etc? Did it "just start doing this?" Ever have any success on the highway? In my case it was a
  24. Good point about the lock-up function, although in this case that wouldnt be an issue...with Ford AOD trannies, lockup is actually engaged before OD even hits! 3rd gear is when lockup occurs, and it does not engage or disengage based on throttle input (TV-kickdown cable input).
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